I opened my email this morning to find dozens of spams trapped by Google’s spam filter and dozens more by the Postini spam filtering service.
Over the last 12 hours or so I’ve received about 400 or 500 emails ‘bounced’ from emails purporting to have been sent out by me.
Apparently my sender names (all using my firstname.lastname@example.org email address) include such gems as “jarrod jayson”, “damien pentti”, “calv margaret” and many many more.
The spams I’m purported to have sent seem to cover a range of pharmaceuticals, software, watches, pens and so on, and the links in the emails seem to go to various, diverse websites.
A few years ago I suffered something similar that seemed to originate in China. These bounces seem to be coming mainly from Europe. According to Wikipedia this is a thing known as backscatter.
If you’ve received a spam that has my email address as the sender, please be assured I have not sent it. I do not send spam. I oppose spamming and do not tolerate spammers.